Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dysfunctional Incompetent Real Road Racing Farce Continues

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

According to Noel Johnston - UGP clerk of the course - the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix is under threat because much needed funding has not materialised from DCAL, and went on to allegedly claim: 'Last year we were told that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure had earmarked £50,000 for essential maintenance and paddock improvements - The necessary work has been carried out and we have been trying to retrieve this money for a number of months.'

Meanwhile, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has allegedly denied that it committed any money to UGP paddock improvements - all of which one might be excused for assuming to be a most strange situation until the aforementioned Noel Johnston then claimed the MCUI-UC had allegedly informed the Ulster Grand Prix race organisers that the money would be forthcoming, and also allegedly claimed "We were given guarantees and assurances by a number of people regarding this money, and hence carried out the necessary work. - For a number of months we've been trying to retrieve this money via the Two and Four Wheel Motorsport Steering Group.'

DCAL however responded and allegedly claimed it did not earmark in 2009 any money for paddock improvements at the Ulster Grand Prix, nor did they give any commitment for paddock improvements at the UGP and had not received an application for the expenditure from the Ulster Grand Prix - and continued by allegedly stating that SportNI is responsible for the distribution of funding and in the case of motorsport works through 2&4 Wheel Motorsport Steering Group Ltd.

Suddenly - to me at least, there is nothing remotely strange about the situation, not with the involvement of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, SportNI and 2&4 Wheels Motorsport Steering Group Limited - not that anything remotely untoward is being alleged, but there is an easy way for all concerned to prove their claims and counterclaims - publish the applications, the guarantees, and all written communications between the parties.

'We wouldn't have spent the money without the assurances that we received. This money is vital to the running of the UGP and we need it now to ensure that there is another year of great road racing at Dundrod.' Mr. Johnston allegedly claimed - another point one finds somewhat odd. The UGP according to the usual preposterous claims, is one of our premier sporting events, a tourism magnet, yet it's obviously surviving on handouts from taxpayers, most of whom currently have more pressing issues to deal with - jobs, mortgages, fuel, food - but worry ye not - according to many loyal fans, the Democratic Unionist Party will ensure our money is wisely spent on bailing out yet another Real Road Racing financial burden upon society.

In this age of unprecedented recession, the DUP, and all other politicians have to ask themselves what's more important - healthcare, education, jobs, poverty, security, corruption or pumping more and more taxpayer’s money into the continuing dysfunctional incompetent real road racing farce?

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Northern Irish Real Road Racing Superstars Victorious @ Assen Cathedral of Motorcycle Road Racing

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Congratulations to Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty on their storming rides to victory at the World famous Assen circuit Holland. Jonathan triumphed in two of the most exciting close fought race long battles of the World Superbike Championship in recent times. The last double win for Honda happened in the UK in 2008 but today a British rider, Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate) took a double for Honda in the Netherlands, after winning race two by 1.942 seconds. Third was James Toseland to give the second all British podium of the day. Max Biaggi was a strong fourth, Troy Corser fifth, after another classic race at the classic circuit of Assen. In the WSBK points Leon Haslam still leads with 148, Max Biaggi 128, with Northern Ireland Superstar Jonathan Rea moving into contention for the title with 110.

Northern Irish Supersport Star Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) meanwhile made it two wins in consecutive seasons at Assen, and he also won his second race of 2010 today. In second place, Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) now leads the title battle on 85 points, with third place finisher at Assen, Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), second in the series on 77 points. Laverty is now third overall, on 66 points, with nine races to go. Chaz Davies took his Triumph ParkinGO BE1 machine to fourth place, ahead of Matthieu Lagrive's similar bike. (Courtesy WXBK.COM)

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tandragee, Faugheen & Athea Road Races - We'll Be Back!

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club have apparently followed Tandragee and Faugheen by announcing their annual round of the Irish Motorcycle Road Race Championship due to take place on June 26th and 27th has now been regretfully cancelled. Like Tandragee and Faugheen, the Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club have also assured real road racing fans that they will be back in 2011.

The Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club Press Release went on: 'There were many individual reasons why we felt this was our only alternative and the crucial blow came last week when our one of our main sponsors went into administration.

The road surface on the circuit has also been an issue with the recent winter severity of conditions and we are currently working on this issue with Limerick County Council, to address it for 2011.

We wish to apologise to anyone who had made plans to attend our event and wish to thank everyone who has helped us over the last few months at the various fundraisers and those who offered their help and assistance for this year's event.

The Club met last night and decided due to the various issues that we had no alternative only to cancel this year's event. The Club have put a fundraising programme in place from May 2010 to prepare for our race date in 2011. The first leg of our fundraising will kick off with the launch of our membership packs. Contrary to rumours at the start of the year that the Athea Races were cancelled, the committee have been working flat out to try to save our event.'

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Real Road Racing vs. Saturday Night At The Movies

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Just recently, a friend told me he'd read where a motorcycle real road racing fan had allegedly written: 'Where else would you get a full day's entertainment for £10? The cinema will sting you that much for 2 hours viewing.' Difference is though, apart from the sting, your chances of being killed or maimed by the onscreen action is somewhat remote - maybe something to do with cinemas having to comply with strict Health and Safety laws - whereas according to rumour, the motorcycle real road racing fraternity allegedly exploit a loophole in our somewhat lax H&S laws, or is it several?

Those claims made in the past that motorcycle real road race fans wouldn't pay to see World class racing are, one has to concede - most likely quite true - asking a real road race fan to purchase a programme ranks alongside asking the local terrorists - criminals - to decommission ALL of their weaponry - while the mere mention of an entrance fee to a safe from trackside action corral at a real road race event - would cause chaos at our hospitals - all those fans suffering from heart failure.

Others have suggested we remind our local councils, our local business people about the influx of spectators, with money - a motorcycle real road race event brings forth to a chosen designated area of our wee country. Presumably these are the same councils, and local businessmen who've been funding our motorcycle real road racing since almost the beginning of time.

If motorcycle real road racing is to have a future, long overdue strict, and expensive safety measures are to be enforced upon it, all of which has to be paid for by those who claim to be the die hard fans of the sport. The curtains will very soon be drawn for the final time - the free matinee show will be no more - but there's always a good movie on at the local cinema. I hear there's a movie starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman which is allegedly worth seeing - The Sting!

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 19 April 2010

Real Road Racing Dinosaurs and the External Assessor

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Whilst appreciating the need for sensitivity when discussing such matters, I nonetheless find myself being somewhat curious regarding the issue of insurance cover for ALL those 'Senior Citizens' plus those who might allegedly be in receipt of other 'State Benefits' - officiating at our motorcycle real road race events.

Perhaps it might explain why the officiating standards at our motorcycle race meetings appears to be at best dysfunctional - allegedly fatally flawed at worst - or should that be the other way around?

One has to also wonder if the MCUI-UC has insurance cover for these 'officials' - or perhaps more importantly - has the designated insurance company ever been notified of the ages, physical, and mental capacity of the motorcycle real road racing officials here in Northern Ireland?

Earlier this year the Senior Coroner suggested the appointing of an 'External Assessor' to oversee safety issues at motorcycle real road racing circuits, which is one thing DCAL wants in place as a matter of some urgency - and the sooner that happens the better for all concerned - except perhaps for many MCUI-UC officials.

On the agenda for the immediate attention of the designated 'External Assessor' are the many concerns of the Senior Coroner and DCAL - including the requirement that every effort must be made to ensure that any persons acting on committees should be completely detached from any gain - the urgent need to reduce the speeds of machines competing at real road races, even if it means a blanket ban on Superbikes - the removal of all Personnel, and Spectators from within range of possible accidents - and if the MCUI-UC should decide to obstruct any of the foregoing measures, the time will very soon come when motorcycle real road racing will be nothing more than an entry in our history books - probably under the heading - Extinct Dinosaur Sports.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Do Real Road Racers Take Precedence Over Road Legal Bikers?

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Despite Saturday morning being such a beautiful day for biking, some of us had to work, but not one of my colleagues who turned up just to show of his latest toy - an all black BMW S1000RR Superbike - what a poseur.

Today though, having endured a 3 hour trip around our scenic local third world public roads - the BMW is back at the dealers - chipped paintwork, damaged wheels, and coolant fluid leaking from someplace it really ought not to be leaking from.

All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads! So says Stephen Leathem who is asking people to join and support all motorcyclists in the pursuit to have our local government sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads - everything from potholes to farmers trailing mud all over the B-roads.

On his Facebook page, Stephen says: 'We pay our Road Tax just like everyone else and have the right to clean, safe roads!' and continues by asking for all motorcyclists to join the cause before there is another life, and bike ruined!

Trevor Baird at Right To Ride has rightly stated: 'It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. The “Fix A Road” page on our website highlights the issues faced by riders from, stone chip dressing, diesel spills, non grip man hole covers, road debris, potholes.

Write To Ride also points you to the Roads Service website, where you can report a road fault and download a “Hazard Fault Report Form” for when you are out and about as an aide memoire if you come across a hazard or fault on the road that you consider is a danger to motorcyclists.

Mister angry - alias my colleague - now less his prized BMW S1000RR Superbike - also made the same point as Stephen Leathem - about having paid his Road Tax to legally use our public roads - then continued by vehmently claiming that due to incompetence, the Northern Irish public roads network is now unfit for purpose, and a danger to all legal users.

According to the Roads Service own website - an Agency within the Department for Regional Development: 'The road network plays a vital role in promoting economic growth in Northern Ireland with 99% of freight and people movements being made by road.' That being the case, why then has the Roads Service - under the alleged control of Minister Conor Murphy - failed to adequately maintain our much depended upon road network?

There are some roads though that the Roads service does maintain, regardless of cost - allegedly - so next time any road legal bikers want to make use of of muck and potholes free roads within our Province - travel to Cookstown, the North West, or any of our other still in use motorcycle real road race tracks, because the Roads Service allegedly spends a considerable amount of time and money, ensuring those roads are in premium condition - and also remember this - all road legal bikers, and motorists, are footing the bill - not the MCUI-UC!

As mentioned in an earlier article - BikersRVoters are contacting all of the political parties in Northern Ireland to give a political platform/soapbox for politicians and their political parties to inform motorcyclists of their views on motorcycling as part of the Northern Ireland transport mix - and are also enabling motorcyclists to get their message to politicians by offering them “The Rider’s Soap Box” which should be of interest to ALL aggrieved bikers.

Give your feedback to the wannabe politicians - tell them to sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads - Tell Them Now @ BikersRVoters

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Friday, 16 April 2010

Real Road Racing Faces Hedge Viewing Extinction

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

The end is nigh and rightly so for the days of spectators viewing motorcycle real road racing action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, and below the hedges. If real road racing is to have any future here in Northern Ireland, trackside viewing will allegedly soon be consigned to history at the behest of DCAL and a soon to be appointed External Assessor.

Earlier this year, Senior Coroner John Leckey allegedly asked whether it is acceptable in the 21st century to have motor cycle races on public roads bearing in mind the incredible speed potential of modern racing motorcycles, the nature of our public roads here in Northern Ireland, and the unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure or a competitor losing control of his machine or a crash involving a number of competitors.

More recently, DCAL officials and Senior Coroner John Leckey not only voiced there concerns about the close proximity of spectators to high speed motorcycles at our real road races but also allegedly failed to understand how it could have been logical to allow the speed of a safety chicane to increase from approximately 60mph to around 100mph plus, and allegedly also found the speed of the modern day motorcycles being used at our real road races to be almost incredible. Motorcycle road racing must be made safer for all concerned they allegedly concluded, and suggested that this could be helped by placing spectators in safe areas away from the track action, and reducing the power output of the racing motorcycles.

To assist with their decision making, DCAL have also allegedly decided - as originally suggested by the Senior Coroner - that there is now an urgent requirement to have in place, an official to oversee safety at all of our motorcycle race circuits - an External Assessor - and the sooner that happens the better for all concerned - except perhaps the Dinosaurs.

This External Assessor would be tasked with overseeing all safety issues at each individual event, and ensure that any particular issues which were agreed to - had in fact been carried out in accordance with that which was previously agreed by the aforementioned External Assessor - otherwise no real road racing event.

One of the first priority safety issues for the appointed External Assessor - would of course be spectator safety - and already being considered even before his/her arrival - is greatly increased and enlarged Prohibited Areas which would ensure ALL spectators are suitably corralled an acceptably safe distance from the trackside action - therefore the long time practice of close up and personal viewing of the action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, or below the hedges - will be no more.

How many times have we heard it said in the past - Northern Ireland motorcycle road racing fans would never pay the required entrance fees to watch World class motorcycle racing - they're much to accustomed to enjoying their free gladiatorial real road racing shows, apparently it's their God given right - therefore argued the real road race purists - there would never be a time when Northern Ireland would require an International Standards motorsports circuit.

With that in mind, one therefore has to wonder if those same fans will now be prepared to pay for the privilege of watching the ontrack action from a distance - within a corral - complete with third world facilities - or quite possibly no facilties at all?

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Real Road Racing Gross Negligent Manslaughter Charges!

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

A damning paragraph contained within a recent Road Race Commission Report allegedly states the following: ‘Every year at Conference we are offering condolences to loved ones of those who have been fatally injured and admitting that there are safety problems. If Road Racing as we know it is to survive new safety measures which are introduced must be implemented fully and not paid lip service to as in many cases in the past. It is important ways must be found to make circuits safer and have spectators and officials in better protected areas’

Whilst it was allegedly hoped that everyone would buy into the foregoing sentiments, unbelievably, allegedly there was dissension within the massed ranks of the MCUI. That highly disturbing point aside, the contents of the aforementioned damning paragraph surely speaks volumes about the attiude of the MCUI-UC to safety issues over these past years when numerous people have been killed and injured.

More to the point though, it would seem to confirm what most people probably already suspected - there has allegedly been a total lack of any real safety measures being fully adhered to by the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited. As an alleged direct result of safety measures not being fully implemented in the past, people have died, which raises a need for urgent serious questions to be answered by these Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited officials, who it would seem to me at least, have been playing fast and loose with peoples lives - the very people whose safety they were supposed to be responsible for in the first place.

It seems that DCAL officials and Senior Coroner John Leckey have allegedly already put forward recommendations to make motorcycle real road racing safer for all - unsurprisingly though - MCUI-UC officials are allegedly so keen to instigate these suggested new safety measures; they have allegedly enquired if DCAL would be willing to give a period of time to allow these issues to develop.

And why not - in the meantime while the MCUI-UC officials fiddle with whatever it is they allegedly fiddle with, more riders might very well be killed - and perhaps more spectators - children even - but don't be alarmed - if you're killed at the next real road race you attend, a very nice MCUI-UC official will allegedly most likely declare at your inquest 'It could only be described as a freak accident and a risk competitors and spectators accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport"

Some of the recommendations of the Coroner were allegedly already being seriously addressed by the MCUI-UC - indeed some aspects had already been put in place before Tandragee 2007, but in the case of the John Donnan incident - had allegedly not been properly implemented. Other recommendations will allegedly be implemented by the MCUI-UC - on a 'Lessons Learned' basis.

Apparently, the utilisation of straw bales for the 2007 Tandragee 100 real road races chicane, was unique to that particular event, and was no longer in use at Tandragee post 2007 or any other real road race under the control of the MCUI-UC. Allegedly, a more robust stable Lego style structure was being deployed, which resists movement if touched by a competitors knee. Quite obviously, the foregoing revelations - if true - make something of a mockery of the Richard Nesbitt claim that there was nothing more stable available in 2007 - than straw bales that is.

Furthermore, it should be realised that the infamous Tandragee 100 chicane was allegedly originally designed in 2000, primarily to reduce speeds to approximately 60mph - but crucially for the tragic 2007 event - those allegedly superior MCUI-UC officials - allegedly abandoned the original design by means of easing the layout. This redesign resulted in riders being able to negotiate their way through the unstable straw bales at speeds of approximately 125mph, as has allegedly been estimated by several of our leading real road racers.

Quite obviously, had the original chicane design been adhered to for the 2007 event, in the opinion of many sane observers - allegedly at worst - John Donnan may have suffered perhaps a fracture - if anything. Remarkably, the original chicane design, with its through-speed of approximately 65mph, returned for the 2008 and 2009 events.

Based on the foregoing - if true - The Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, and the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club Limited along with all involved officials - must be charged with gross negligent manslaughter - not to do so - would surely be a serious crime.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 12 April 2010

Keith Richards & The Real Road Racers

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

An ageing colleague - alright so he's just reached the grand old age of 53 - not quite Dinosaur territory, but getting there - during a discussion on the woes of real road racing here in Northern Ireland, he compared the whole current debacle with the quotes of legendary Rolling Stones guitarist - Keith Richards

The MCUI-UC for instance, are for all intents and purposes - allegedly as secretive and actively suppressive of all who would dare to question it's allegedly dubious actions, as the KGB was in it's heyday.

Keith Richards on the other hand once announced 'I've got nothing to hide. Nothing's a state secret with me.'

My colleague also mentioned the alleged wanton excesses of some of our past heroes - alleged alcohol fuelled riders competing on our most dangerous of motorcycle racing circuits - with alleged scant regard for the fans whose lives they allegedly endangered along the way - and of course - their own. Nowadays though, we allegedly have the dreaded breathalysers, which are hopefully being used without fear or favour to prevent any alcohol courage fuelled rider from making it to the start line of any of our dangerous real road race tracks.

But what of that other now more common excess - drug use within our modern society is now widespread, and whilst difficult to detect, not impossibly so. Allegedly, the MCUI-UC have been notified on numerous occasions about the alleged widespread use of recreational drugs amongst our real road racing fraternity - allegedly informed even of riders allegedly openly smoking cannabis at race meetings - and according to a casual friend it apparently even made it into the press a few short years ago - yet the immoveable bureaucratic machine which is the MCUI-UC - have allegedly turned a blind eye, and allegedly failed to act. Perhaps it's now time for the Police Service of Northern Ireland Drugs Squad to provide a robust and measured response to this alleged growing drugs culture within motorcycle racing circles of Northern Ireland.

Keith Richards has allegedly never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen - perhaps though if he'd been a real road racer here in Northern Ireland, he allegedly wouldn't have had any such problems with MCUI-UC drug enforcement officialdom, although to be fair, more than likely he'd never have been able to claim: 'I would rather be a legend than a dead legend.'

Whilst not condoning drug use, there are distinctly differing circumstances between Keith and our Real Road Racers. Whilst Stoned, Keith at worst has been in control of a Fender Stratocaster guitar, perhaps in serious danger of playing the odd wrong note - unlike some of our real road racers who, while allegedly stoned, are allegedly in charge of 200mph low flying motorcycles - racing around narrow winding bumpy country roads - inches away from their fellow competitors, and their unsuspecting innocent fans - men, women, and children.

On the subject of excess, Keef once said: 'You kinda get the message after you've been to a few funerals.' How many funerals of real road racing victims do we have to attend before somebody such as Nelson McCausland MLA - Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) kinda gets the message, and declares - enough is enough? We don't need any more memorial gardens; we don't want dead heroes, only live heroes.

Keith also said 'When a rock star dies, it's got a very romantic tinge to it, but actually it's very sordid.' Allegedly, the John Donnan inquest was also exactly that, as is the aftermath also proving to be - a still ongoing sordid affair, with motorcycle racing in Northern Ireland as the likely fatal casualty.

'I never got a postcard from anyone that left. Maybe they don't sell stamps up there.' was another gem from the Riffmeister, as was 'Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.'

Many of our Motorcycle Real Road Racers don't get old, nor do they send postcards after leaving us, and it's hardly due to the fact they don't sell stamps up there. Here in Northern Ireland, motorcycle real road racing has run its course, there have been far too many deaths, preventable deaths - it and the Dinosaurs have to pass into history - before we read about the next dead hero, and another appeal for the funding of yet another memorial garden.

When he was younger, Keith proclaimed 'If I live to thirty, I'll shoot myself.' When he reached thirty though - he put the gun away, as some of our terrorists allegdly have. Keith Richards - The Riffmeister- is an iconic gifted man with much common sense, a rock guitar God who knows exactly when - enough is enough.

Nelson McCausland MLA - Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure must display the same good common sense - and decommission Real Road Racing.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

BikersRVoters - Dear Political Party, MP, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, MLA and MEP

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Write To Ride - Right To Ride has sent a copy of the following open letter to all of our political parties. In the Northern Ireland Assembly there is an All Party Assembly Group on Roads Safety, so why not an All Party Assembly Group on Motorcycling? What do you think the main issues for motorcycling are, what do you think the politicians should be doing, and what would you do if you were in charge? Express your views now @ BikersRVoters

As lobbyists and enthusiasts for the promotion and protection of motorcycling in Northern Ireland, we have just launched our BikersRVoters website at www.bikersrvoters.org

We are contacting all the political parties in Northern Ireland to give a political platform/soapbox for politicians and their political parties to inform motorcyclists of their views on motorcycling as part of the Northern Ireland transport mix.

Although we are running up to the General Election, BikersRVoters is not just about the Election of MPs.

It is also about post Election in Westminster, Northern Ireland Assembly and European Parliament issues.

There are important political and economical issues that continually encompass motorcycling which include

• Road infrastructure such as motorcycle friendly crash barriers, conditions of the roads, access to bus lanes and secure parking;

• Road safety campaigns which should focus on interaction with other road users as well as providing sound information on hazard awareness;

• Appropriate training for motorcyclists and car drivers;

• Motorcycling as an alternative to cars for personal motorised transport especially for young people who need a cost effective mode of transport for work.

• Motorcycle tourism and motorcycle racing which are both important sources of income for the Northern Ireland communities. Within this context your views on rider and spectator safety at road racing events would be appreciated.

• There are other important issues which you can view at your leisure on the BikersRVoters website.

The number of registered motorcycles on Northern Ireland roads now exceeds 31,000 and with the cost of petrol increasing, this form of transport is becoming a more viable alternative to cars.

We believe that this needs recognition by the politicians and authorities of Northern Ireland.

We would also like the parties and individual politicians to consider a dedicated motorcycle manifesto as recognition of the importance of motorcycling to Northern Ireland. In the Northern Ireland Assembly there is an All Party Assembly Group on Roads Safety, so we would like you to consider an All Party Assembly Group on Motorcycling.

The whole slant of our BikersRVoters is to allow politicians and the political parties to inform motorcyclists about their views on motorcycling. However, we are also enabling motorcyclists to get their message to politicians by offering them “The Rider’s Soap Box” which should be of interest to yourselves.

We will publish your response on the BikersRVoters website in order to provide motorcyclists information about your policies and views which could perhaps tip the balance on how they could vote, outside traditional political boundaries.

We look forward to hearing from you. Your much appreciated feedback is required for the politicians - Give it Now! BikersRVoters

Trevor Baird

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The 2 & 4 Wheels of Motorcycle Real Road Racing

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

While we await with baited breath, the fate of Northern Irish motorcycle road racing which continues to languish somewhere deep within the abyss, the bottomless pit into which it has allegedly been flushed by the Dinosaurs - one is most intrigued by the role of the third party in the ongoing discussions involving Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited representatives, DCAL officials and that aforementioned mysterious third party - 2&4 Wheels, or as it should probably be legally referred to - The 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited.

According to the brand new official website of the aforementioned 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited, they've apparently changed quite a bit - giving you access to even more information! To be honest though, apart from quite a few blank pages, there wasn't really much information on view, but of course, I may have been struck by temporary blindness at the time. The demon drink does tend to have that unexpected effect from time to time - can't really imagine why that should be.

The 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited is apparently, an umbrella organisation which represents the four governing bodies of regulated motor sport in Northern Ireland on issues which are common to all disciplines. Safety perhaps? Perhaps not the subject for facetious remarks - one does of course apologise.

These include, according to their website, increasing the level of government funding for motor sport, the improvement or creation of facilities, dealing with legislative issues which affect any aspect of motor sport and the provision of training for clubs in order to increase their professionalism. And safety obviously isn't mentioned, or it might still be the demon drink after effects?

These four governing bodies are represented on the board of 2 & 4 Wheels by 2 directors and 2 alternates per governing body. In addition, the Board includes an independent Chairman and independent Company Secretary. In total there are 10 directors and 8 alternates on the Board. And dare one enquire if these Directors, etc etc - are receiving any form of restitution for services rendered?

The four governing bodies being referred to in the previous paragraph by The 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited, are of course - The Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs (ANICC) - The Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited (MCUI-UC) - The North Of Ireland Karting Association (NIKA) - The Motorcycle Racing Association (MRA)

Of the four governing bodies, one must admit to having been further intrigued by The Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs (ANICC) whose role has allegedly been, according to their own website, to harmonise and assemble the dates, to promote the Northern Ireland Championships, to liaise with our own and other Governing bodies of the sport and with Government departments, Sports Councils, the Lottery Fund and other sources of grant aid. In effect the ANICC is here to provide assistance and guidance to all our clubs and competitors in promoting our sport. Are we suitably confused yet?

During the course of an alleged 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited Board Meeting earlier this year, the Chair allegedly explained he and his staff had meetings with SportNI, Central Procurement Directorate and DCAL officials to ensure an alleged available £2 million of alleged taxpayers money was allocated to motorsport in Northern Ireland.

Allegedly, he also explained there had also been in place a tendering process for the appointment of a Project Manager, and that it had allegedly been accepted that it would be prudent for 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited to reserve a minimum of £100000 to cover the required costs of the aforementioned Project Manager - allegedly.

Since at that time, records allegedly show that 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited had a balance of less than £40000 at their disposal, should it be assumed that the £2 Million will actually be £1.9 million - less other expenses perhaps?

Considering what has gone before - in the shape of another company allegedly also involved with motor sport in Northern Ireland, a company also allegedly involved with taxpayer’s money which allegedly - well we all know what allegedly occurred - one would therefore have imagined that a company such as 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited, would have been required to be totally open and transparent - be 100% beyond reproach - free even from any suggestions of 'conflict of interest' issues - and whilst no suggestion is being made to the contrary, one being the naturally suspicious type, the following does tend to cause some worry.

According to readily available online records, 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited (Company No. NI0444552) has as its registered address - 8 Lenamore Avenue, Newtownabbey, BT37 0PF which also appears to be - although one could be mistaken - the same address as that off the alleged Honoury Treasurer Robert Kelly for Larne Motor Club Limited, and more importantly perhaps, the alleged address of the alleged Treasurer Robert Kelly of The Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs (ANICC)

The Minutes of the previously mentioned 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited, allegedly reveals the following: Attendance - A. Drysdale, Roy Neill, Robert Kelly. Then also listed, are those allegedly representing the ANICC, the MCUI-UC, the MRA, and the NIKA – Robert Kelly not being mentioned as representing the ANICC.

Whilst mindful that there is most likely available, a rational explanation, one would nonetheless probably ask – during the course of these alleged meetings with DCAL etc, who or what is Robert Kelly allegedly representing, or is there perhaps another Robert Kelly whose address is allegedly also 8 Lenamore Avenue, Newtownabbey, BT37 0PF?

And finally - for the present - whilst still on the 'conflict of interests' agenda, let's not forget the alleged real professionals of conflict of interests issues - our friends the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - perhaps they'd care to clarify - who or what - Mervyn White is allegedly supposed to be representing during these aforementioned alleged 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Limited board meetings etc?

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Real Motorcycle Road Racing v Motorcycle Real Road Racing

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Warmest congratulations to Alastair Seeley - BSB round one at Brands Hatch - where he deservedly followed up a fourth placing in race one, with a race two rostrum - first time out on the Suzuki Superbike - life in the old guy yet.

A day of exciting racing on one of the oldest race tracks within the UK - Real Motorcycle Road Racing at it's best - close racing, drama - crashes - so many crashes, I lost count - probably missed quite a few as well - not something you want to witness in the first instance, but when high powered motorcycles are being raced around a track at high speeds, there are going to be the inevitable crashes. Rider error, machine failure, and tyre failure - they're all guaranteed to play a part in proceedings, as they did on Easter Monday, but being a purpose built motorsport track since around 1950 - how many deaths did we witness?

Had any of those spectacular crashes occurred on the Motorcycle Real Road Racing tracks of Ireland though - one has to wonder how many inquests would now be pending?

Our notoriously infamous Motorcycle Real Road Racing tracks first came into use around 1921, when motorcycle development was still in it's infancy (Norton, Sunbeam, Scott, Rudge, Velocette, Excelsior, AJS, BSA and Matchless being the leading manufacturers) but unlike Brands Hatch which has been developed over the years - almost as fast as the motorcycle - our dangerous public road tracks have firmly remained in the age of the dinosaurs, barely suitable for normal driving conditions - proven killer tracks for high speed motorcycle racing.

Pictured above left is a 1921 BSA 500cc Works TT Racer. Who in our midst, apart from the Dinosaurs, would dare consider it acceptably safe for a machine such as this to race around the third world public roads of Northern Ireland?

Pictured above is a 996 Ducati, not just a work of art - a fire breathing 200mph Superbike. Who in our midst, apart from the Dinosaurs, would dare consider it acceptably safe for a machine such as this to race around the third world public roads of Northern Ireland?

Along with the dinosaurs that roam them, the killer public road motorcycle race tracks of Northern Ireland are unfit for purpose, and should, as a matter of great urgency, be consigned to the history books - alongside the 'Troubles' - another shameful period during which to many men, women, and children perished at the hands of those who cared not about the lives of the innocents.

The whole world, including the infamous dogs in the streets, are aware of the fact that Motorcycle Real Road Racing is just unacceptably downright dangerous - therefore those who would promote Motorcycle Real Road Racing, are in my opinion, criminally irresponsible, and should be held liable for the inevitable consequences of their actions.

During the course of the John Donnan inquest earlier this year, Tony Harvey, incident officer for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, who had allegedly conducted a review into the tragic incident, said "It could only be described as a freak accident and a risk competitors accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport" whilst Senior Coroner John Leckey proclaimed it was by the grace of God that the inquest was not dealing with multiple fatalities.

Perhaps Mr. Nelson McCausland MLA, the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure - along with those in charge of our Health and Safety Executive - should consider the implications of the foregoing paragraph. If, as has been suggested on numerous occasions, the competitors are aware of the risks involved in their chosen sport, it surely follows that they are also aware of the risks they personally impose to their innocent fans, whether they be man, woman or child - therefore, in the event of a tragedy involving innocent bystanders - logically, the competitor should be held responsible.

On the other hand, should the tragedy have occurred as a result of the unsuitability of the track, then those persons who saw fit to declare the aforementioned track as being fit for purpose, should then be prosecuted. And should machine failure be proved at fault, it follows the person or persons responsible for maintenance would be liable, and with faulty tyres - the manufacturers etc. etc.

Sports persons making claims against fellow participants isn't an altogether uncommon occurrence - indeed if one participant can show that an injury inflicted by a fellow participant was intentional, then that may amount to a criminal offence. Also, the injured party would most likely be able to seek compensation and consequential losses for what would then be assault.

In 1999 for instance, a hockey player was found to have been negligent when he'd followed through too high with his hockey stick and caused an eye injury, and in the previous year, a golfer, whose ball bounced off a tree and struck another person on an adjacent fairway, was found liable due to having played a difficult shot while knowing there was someone on the adjacent fairway. And then there was the amateur footballer, held liable for breaking his opponent's leg in a sliding tackle during a local league match.

Seemingly, the injured person doesn't even have to prove the offending sports person was reckless - as such. Rather that he acted unreasonably in the particular circumstances and out of all proportion to the occasion, as was allegedly the case with the foregoing mentioned incidents. As evidence in such events - the claimant would probably require video recordings of the incident, and any other related footage, plus the recollection of other competitors, spectators and officials.

How many of the fans present at the 2007 Tandragee 100 motorcycle real road race event have come forward with their recollections, photographs, video footage? How many of John Donnan's fellow competitors have come forward - and the 'officials' - actually in my opinion, the 'officials' should be prosecuted.

If you attended the 2007 Tandragee 100, if you were a witness to anything ontoward - and you really are the motorcycle road racing fan you claim to be - the time to stand up and be counted - is NOW!

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog, The Mouse & The Popup

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Strange how there are simple things in this World you never give a second thought to, or a first - words for instance - local slang words, colloquial expressions - every country has them, including this wee country of Northern Ireland - Ulster to some, something altogether unmentionable to others.

Not until I'd started this blog, and overseas followers sent emails requesting definitions of specific words, clarification of names, additional snippets of information, did I realise, a communication problem existed.

Thanks to my backroom techie colleagues though - all motorcycle racing fans - hopefully, they may have solved my wee problem.

As from Halt! Who Goes There? Real Road Racing Friend or Enemy? the new addition to all future posts is therefore - onMouseOver popup information boxes - active text links which, when you run your mouse over it, a small text box magically appears with relevant information, leastways that's what is supposed to happen, if it doesn't - oh dear!

Any bloggers requiring detailed information on how to add mouseover popup text boxes to their blogger / blogspot websites, contact me here, and I will have the guys email out a simple How To Guide.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Halt! Who Goes There? Real Road Racing Friend or Enemy?

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Oh what a tangled web we allegedly weave, when first we practise to allegedly deceive! Sir Walter Scott, or the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, or was it that other guy who said it - my memory fails me on this fine cold early summer day.

Allegedly, as mentioned in a previous article - in order to be seen to be reacting appropriately to current circumstances, Richard Nesbitt had allegedly stood down from his positions within the MCUI-UC, and would allegedly play no further part in the running of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - at least until all of the current trifling little local difficulties were sorted out.

The act of Richard Nesbitt allegedly standing down would, it was allegedly hoped, somewhat alleviate the situation in the eyes of the plaintiff or perhaps that should be plaintiffs, and therefore bring a halt to anything as annoying as the alleged pending court actions against several parties. As also previously mentioned, who am I to suggest whether or not the aforementioned allegations are true, but if proven to be true, they are surely the most disingenuous and brutally cynical allegations I've ever encountered.

If there was ever any truth within the aforementioned occurrences - perhaps the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited would be kind enough to tell us which MCUI-UC Richard Nesbitt is still actively working for the technical committee - allegedly, and which MCUI-UC Richard Nesbitt is allegedly still a club delegate and sitting on many committees - surely not the MCUI-UC Richard Nesbitt who allegedly said in court: "I can't remember the man saying anything sensible other than nattering away in my ear. If someone is constantly coming at you it is easier just to ignore them"

Allegedly, Richard Nesbitt, and Ian Forsythe had 'resigned' - stepped temporarily aside until the little inconvenient difficulties had passed as ships in the night would do - allegedly to be reassigned to their rightful place of authority when those other allegedly awful people saw sense, and went away - after all, did they not know it could only have been described as a freak accident and a risk competitors accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport?

Keeping your friends close and your enemies closer may seem like something of an enigma to many, but in this instance, I rather suspect there are those within the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, who don't even know who their real friends are, never mind who the enemy within might be.

"Watch out! He's behind you! Yes! That's him there - the guy with the straw bales!

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